What do Human Trafficking and Gangs have in common?

  • Similarities in Gangs and Human Trafficking
  • Both are forms of organized crime, often inter-connected
  • Both involve violation of immigration law requiring a certain expertise in immigration issues.
  • Both are traditionally intra-cultural organizations
  • Both use similar smuggling routes for guns, drugs, and humans
  • Both involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, often children
  • Both involve complex criminal financial operations involving large sums of money
  • Both require multi-jurisdictional investigative efforts at the local, state and federal level
  • Both involve violations of both state and federal law


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